The death of some chickens in a poultry farm at Bhawanigarh town of the district on Sunday has caused panic in the area forcing officials from the animal husbandry and a team of doctors to inspect the farm and collect samples of the dead and alive chickens in this and several other poultry farms of the region.
"We found that nearly 15 chickens had died within hours on Sunday in the farm at Bhawanigarh. We have collected samples of the dead and alive chickens from the farm, which has more than 10,000 chickens, and sent them to the Regional Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory (RDDL), Jalandhar," said Dr Manohar Lal, deputy director, animal husbandry department, Sangrur.
"However, owners of the poultry unit said that the chickens might have died due to intensive cold, but the real reason will be known after report of the laboratory," he added.
He said that there was no need to panic as the doctors inspected several poultry units in the district and there are no reports of more deaths of chickens.
"Sometimes, chickens die due to lack of proper arrangements as they need extra protection from cold," said a veterinary expert.
The residents had also complained that owners of the poultry farms had also dumped some dead chickens in a pond. But, Bhawanigarh SHO Sukhminder Singh said, "After the complaint, ASI Anwari Ali inspected the spot, but residents could not prove their allegations. Owners of poultry units also ruled out any mass deaths of chickens in their poultry farms."
There was H5N1 (avian flu) scare in the region after a sample of a dead duck from Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh was found positive earlier this month. The scare of the bird flu has also marginally affected the sale of poultry products in the district.